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Madrid Derby in UEFA Champions League Semifinal

Madrid Derby in UEFA Champions Photo credit to Real Madrid via Flickr

UEFA Champions League

A Madrid Derby in UEFA Champions League with Juventus vs Monaco in the other side of the bracket

Nyon, Switzerland – Madrid Derby once again. The reigning European champions Real Madrid will play city rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League semifinals. Meanwhile, Monaco faces Juventus on the draw.

Also, the draw at UEFA headquarters in Nyon means the Madrid rivals cannot contest a third final in four years after Real’s victories in 2014 and last year. The Madrid clubs have met in the Champions League final in two of the last three years, with Real coming out on top on both occasions. Atletico had also reached the final in 1974, when they lost to Bayern, but have yet to win the competition.

The first leg will be at the Bernabeu with Atleti hosting the return at the Vicente Calderon. In like manner, the Calderon will host its last European match, a place that has been the Colchoneros long-time home.

In the other bracket, Monaco will host the first leg of their semi-final against Juve. The winners of that tie will be designated the ‘home’ team for the final in Cardiff on June 3.

Monaco last reached the final of the competition in 2004, when they were beaten 3-0 by Jose Mourinho’s Porto side. Without a doubt, the Madrid Derby will be filled with emotions. But I wouldn’t leave Monaco and their sensational year to the side, with an inspired Radamel Falcao and Kylian Mbappe.

According to the Soccer Power Index (SPI), Real are 67 percent likely to beat Atletico, with Juve rated 70 percent likely to defeat Monaco.

The Spanish club are marginal favorites to lift the trophy, rated at 38 percent in the SPI compared to Juve’s 36 percent chance.

When?

The ties will be played on May 2nd and 3rd with the return legs scheduled for May 9th and 10th.

The final will be played at Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium on Saturday June 3.